By Oluwole Francis
Former International and La-liga Ambassador in Nigeria Mutiu Adepoju has advocated for the private ownership of clubs in Nigeria, while advising the government to hands off the ownership of clubs.
Adepoju who was a Guest at the Ex-University of Ibadan Footballers Association monthly interactive program, said corporate ownership of football clubs is the only way for the speedy development of league football in country.
According to him, “that is only way to go. Football is business, and the government has business in the venture because they have very many other things to contend with in the country, and not football. In Nigeria today, we have so many companies that can sponsor and run the clubs. This can only happen if the government who owns the clubs now, give an enabling for the business to thrive. The government should provide all the needed infrastructures, and allow the clubs to fed for themselves. That is a better arrangement, and a more professional ways of running club football in other climes” the ‘Headmaster’ said.